Spifox aid for respite Rebecca Cottage

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On Tuesday, August 25, Spifox Trustee Douglas Moffat visited the Scottish Spina Bifida Association’s (SSBA) respite cottage in Carnoustie.

He was there to see how Spifox’s grant of £15,000 had been used to fund a ceiling tracking hoist system.

Rebecca Cottage, is an adapted, wheelchair-accessible cottage, rented to individuals and families who are in need of accessible holiday accommodation.

SSBA mother, Alison Pentony, explained the importance of the new hoist: “Rebecca cottage is one of the few places we can take our daughter, Anna, on holiday.

‘‘Since her spinal surgery, and because she is getting older, she cannot be lifted and must be hoisted. There are very few holiday cottages with hoisting in the UK and they tend to be very expensive.

‘‘The kids absolutely love the cottage, as do we, and we would all move there tomorrow if we could!”

The Scottish Spina Bifida Association is a self-funded charity that relies on the contributions of individual fundraisers and bodies such as Spifox.

Spifox was first launched in 1983 by a group of property and construction professionals who wanted to raise funds for children’s charities in Scotland, enabling the purchase of equipment and the provision of facilities to better perform their function of caring.

Douglas Moffat said: “We, at Spifox, are so pleased to have been able to help SSBA install the tracking hoist in Rebecca Cottage.

‘‘It was a real privilege for me to visit the cottage and see just how the hoist was put to use by Anna and how it obviously helps her get full enjoyment of the cottage.”

For more information about SSBA, Rebecca Cottage or fundraising, visit www.ssba.org.uk, email fundraising@ssba.org.uk or contact 03455 211 811.